Assignment: Create a short video that illustrates how to make a recipe.
Reflection: As we discussed the various aspects of Instructional Design, we were given the task of creating a video that demonstrated a process. In order to control the variables of the assignment somewhat, we were required to limit the process to cooking a recipe. This gave all the students a common ground from which to approach the instruction, and it had the added benefit of producing some very delicious results too. Similar to the Job Aid and Instructional Graphic, this assignment forced me to think about the processes involved in making a recipe, and think about what a learner would need to know in order to be successful. But more than that, creating a video requires a great deal of planning and preparation, as well as an element of public speaking and presenting, that is critical to today’s technological world. Having students create a video is a good way to illustrate a process, and doing it with a recipe adds an element of unpredictability and uncertainty to the mix as well. In order for a student to do this, he or she must have everything prepared in advance and be in full control of his or her environment. Editing is required as well, as cooking can often take far more time than what a viewer is willing to invest. Assessment is measured in terms of whether or not the learners are able to cook the recipe, and their taste buds will let them know if they have been successful!
Standards Addressed: TL-III. Teaching, Learning, and the Curriculum. Educational technology leaders model, design, and disseminate plans that include methods and strategies for applying technology to maximize student learning. TL-IV. Assessment and Evaluation. Educational technology leaders communicate research on the use of technology to implement effective assessment and evaluation strategies.